To God be the Glory (Romans 16:27)

“To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.” (Romans 16:27, KJV 1900) One of my most favorite hymns is “To God be the Glory.” This hymn takes me back to the first church that I ever joined. In 1983, the Lord gloriously saved me while reading a Gideon placed Bible inContinue reading “To God be the Glory (Romans 16:27)”

How Blessed We Are (Romans 16:25-26)

“according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:” (Romans 16:25–26, KJV 1900) Have you ever watched on TVContinue reading “How Blessed We Are (Romans 16:25-26)”

Omnipotent God (Romans 16:25)

“Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ” (Romans 16:25, KJV 1900) Paul concludes the letter to the Romans with a doxology. The word doxology comes from two words in the Greek. The first is the noun, doxa, which means praise or gloryContinue reading “Omnipotent God (Romans 16:25)”

No Man is an Island (Romans 16:21-23)

“Timotheus my workfellow, and Lucius, and Jason, and Sosipater, my kinsmen, salute you. I Tertius, who wrote this epistle, salute you in the Lord.” (Romans 16:21–22, KJV 1900) The expression, “No man is an island,” comes from a poem by John Donne. Donne was a Christian and this expression communicates the idea that people needContinue reading “No Man is an Island (Romans 16:21-23)”

Get Smart and Be Wise (Romans 16:19)

“For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.” (Romans 16:19, KJV 1900) You may have heard the expression “Be as smart as you can, but remember that it is always betterContinue reading “Get Smart and Be Wise (Romans 16:19)”

Smooth Talkers (Romans 16:17-18)

“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” (Romans 16:17–18, KJV 1900)Continue reading “Smooth Talkers (Romans 16:17-18)”

The Holy Kiss (Romans 16:16)

“Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.” (Romans 16:16, KJV 1900) I cannot validate this story, but I heard of a church that used to practice giving one another a holy kiss. The story goes that this was all well and good until things got out of hand. IContinue reading “The Holy Kiss (Romans 16:16)”

Spiritual Moms (Romans 16:13)

“Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother, who has been a mother to me as well.” (Romans 16:13, ESV) About 30 years ago, I served as the chairman of the board of elders in a small church in Savannah Georgia. When the pastor resigned, the ministry of the church fell into my lapContinue reading “Spiritual Moms (Romans 16:13)”

Memories of First-fruits (Romans 16:5b)

“Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in Asia.” (Romans 16:5, ESV) In 1983, the Lord saved me and he immediately impressed upon me to share my faith with others. Granted, I did not have a clue regarding what I should say other than to hand people a brochure and askContinue reading “Memories of First-fruits (Romans 16:5b)”